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49th International Children's Festival in Sibenik Croatia June 20 - July 4 2009
It has been forty-six years of socialising for Šibenik, me and children! The festival of children or for children? This used to be a crucial question! But today, what importance does it have?!? The only important thing is that this is a festival of play, a festival of joy and goodness and above all a festival of infinite fantasy. Children's fantasy, no matter how old you are!
Through years I used to leave, to run away to be precise, in order to do some "more serious" jobs. However, I would wait impatiently for June and the first chords of the festival song "Zdravo maleni" (Hello kids). It was a warning. It was an invitation to forget everyday, often unnecessary concerns and to reach a weightless, spaceless and timeless limitation. Thus, for forty-six years I have been witnessing some other children gradually taking over not power and jobs as we tend to think but rather happiness and fun! Some fifteen years ago there was only a puppet show workshop, now there are about twenty different workshops.
When I was a child some of the terms such as roller skaters, skateboarders or surfers did not exist, they could not be traced in the most comprehensive dictionaries of the time! The ceremonial theatrical curtain is a work of children's fantasy and children's hands! The motifs of the Krka waterfalls, the cathedral and the islands of Kornati are the subjects of children's graphics or street mosaics! And the festival bulletin tells its own story! Since it was taken over by children, it has had plenty of critical reviews but without malevolent criticising, plenty of exhaustive reports without boring philosophising, countless witty jokes but without insults!
These children have done something that Pipi did not manage to do. All this without help of a greater celandine! They have managed to grow up but not get old! To get serious without losing the sense of beauty and imagination! To sum up, they have managed to believe and act according to the saying: "Poetry is not in tea but in making tea."
Zvonko Festini member of the Festival committee of ICF and president of UNIMA Croatian centre
Renaissance Cathedral of Sv. Jakob in Šibenik, top monument of Croatian culture
The St. Jacob's, the cathedral of Šibenik, built for over a century, is a testimony of persistency, sacrifice and belief of the generations of inhabitants of Šibenik.
By many things it is unique not only in the Croatian architecture, but in the European as well: it is entirely built of stone, no other material being used; it is unique by the brave structure of stone slabs and ribs, with no binding material; it is also unique among renaissance churches by its trefoil front facade; finally, it is unique by the harmony of its architecture and the row of 71 realistic sculptural portraits around the apses.
Documents preserved from the time of building of the cathedral evidence contributions from the entire community to its building, but from many individuals as well, including large number of domestic stone-dressers, builders and artisans. The most important among them is Juraj Matejev Dalmatinac, who came from Zadar and who the town of Šibenik commissioned in 1441 to take over the job of the proto-master of the cathedral of Šibenik.
The cathedral and the nearby renaissance town hall, other churches, palaces, and the Prince's Palace presently housing the County Museum, make probably the most beautiful town square of the Croatian urban heritage.
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